Engaging the Word: 11/16/14
One of these moments time will be up. The facts of our lives will be the facts of our lives – for eternity.
We have each been given gifts and talents. When we meet our end, will we have buried them out of fear or will we have developed them, having brought to life the life each one of us has been given? When we bring ourselves to life by developing our gifts and talents, it is not just for our personal benefit. Our gifts and talents are given to each one of us to be shared. When we develop our gifts and talents not only do we find life for ourselves individually, but we give life to one another. So, let’s not be afraid. The Creator of all that is has given us the gifts we have and knows to whom they have been given. Let’s trust that God knows what’s best and come to life.
Our reading from Proverbs this week reminds us that we do not have to go it alone. In fact, we are better, even more ourselves, when we are in relationship with others who want the best for us. Wanting the best for another is at the heart of love. Love also shows itself in deeds more than words. The author of the selection from Proverbs we hear this week warns us about being attracted to superficial qualities. Love is not about securing what catches our eyes in a mere glance, but is about entering into a relationship of mutual sharing. In a truly loving relationship we receive the benefits of the gifts and talents of the one who loves us and our own gifts and talents are drawn out and nurtured. The beauty is that the mutual sharing of gifts in a loving relationship always spills over beyond those directly involved. If love is active anywhere in the world we can all receive grace.
Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians reminds us that we do not know all the answers but that we are not in the dark. Just because we do not know for certain what the next moment will bring, or even if there will be a next moment at all, does not mean that we do not know how to act in the present moment. We have each been given a life. We have been loved into life so that we might know love, might know God. We are called to live our lives, to develop our gifts and talents, to love. That’s what we should do right now, and we should do it together. Let’s let the facts of our lives be that we loved. Let’s love and prepare ourselves to meet Love face to face, to live with Love, to live with God for all eternity.
1st Reading: Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31 ~ Responsorial: Psalms 128: 1-5
2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6 ~ Gospel: Matthew 25: 14-30
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